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Ernesto Cordero: Caribbean Concertos for Guitar and for Violin / Pepe Romero, guitar; Guillermo Figueroa, violin

Audio Samples

>Cordero, Ernesto : Concierto Festivo, for guitar & string orchestra
>Cordero, Ernesto : Insula
>     Suite Concertante, for violin & string orchestra
>Cordero, Ernesto : Concertino Tropical, for violin & string orchestra

Album Summary

>Cordero, Ernesto : Concierto Festivo, for guitar & string orchestra
>Cordero, Ernesto : Insula
>Cordero, Ernesto : Concertino Tropical, for violin & string orchestra
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Puerto Rican composer and guitarist Ernesto Cordero dedicated his Concierto Festivo to celebrated soloist Pepe Romero, who describes the work as having 'divine inspiration'. These works derive their warmth of expression and rhythmic influence from the composer's native Caribbean island, and the two violin concertos lnsula and Concerto Tropical both contain descriptive elements from landscape and nature. lnsula is dedicated to renowned violinist and conductor Guillermo Figueroa, and I Solisti di Zagreb are recognised as one of the world's leading chamber orchestras.

ClassicalCDReview.com
As for the performers, they are all, of course, royalty. Was there ever a better guitarist than Pepe Romero in his prime? For all I know, he may still be in his prime. I Solisti di Zagreb has long been one of my favorite chamber ensembles, combining warmth and great musicianship. Guillermo Figueroa has flown under the general public's radar as a violinist and a conductor, but musicians know him well. The performers are all anybody could ask for, including the composer. I hope he thanked them.

Classical Candor
The meditative parts are particularly lovely and haunting in Figueroa's hands... Concertino Tropical [is]... the briefest and most vibrant of the music on the disc... a clear and well-defined presentation in a pleasantly resonant acoustic, with more-than-adequate depth, breadth, and dynamic range.

MusicWeb International
The guitar concerto - written for and here played by its dedicatee, Pepe Romero - is exciting and draws on the harsh rhythmic bark of violent strumming. The orchestration is delicate and the ideas often tender.

Pizzicato
The two violin concertos 'Insulation' and 'Concerto tropical' colors are good and fresh music to me-a captivating rhetoric and very evocative moods. The interpretations are excellent.

Classical Lost and Found
Exemplary performances by everyone make these concerti shine all the brighter... the recordings are good. They project a modest soundstage with the soloists well placed and balanced in a reverberant acoustic that will appeal to those liking wetter sonics. The guitar is beautifully captured, while the string sound is generally pleasant...

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia.



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Works Details

>Cordero, Ernesto : Concierto Festivo, for guitar & string orchestra
  • Performer: Pepe Romero (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: I Solisti di Zagreb
  • Notes: Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia (05/15/2010-05/16/2010)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2003

>Cordero, Ernesto : Insula :: Suite Concertante, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Guillermo Figueroa (Violin)
  • Ensemble: I Solisti di Zagreb
  • Notes: Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia (02/14/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2009

>Cordero, Ernesto : Concertino Tropical, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performer: Guillermo Figueroa (Violin)
  • Notes: Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia (02/14/2009-02/15/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1998